Participate in a Research Study

The Christopher Project

The British Columbia Children’s Hospital is conducting a study to compare three methods for improving expiratory cough flow and lung volume in children with neuromuscular disorders. The aim is to improve the management of lung complications in children with neuromuscular disorders. The research project will assess the function of three different techniques designed to increase lung volume and help clear respiratory secretions. Learn more about this study and if you are eligible to participate.



The Congenital Muscle Disease International Registry (CMDIR) is recruiting patients to participate in clinical trials for Congenital muscular dystrophy.

The first step for those interested in participating in these studies is to register with the CMDIR.

For more information, please contact Rachel Alvarez, Associate Director, Congenital Muscle Disease International Registry (CMDIR). Phone: (323) 250-2399



Investigators at the University of British Columbia and Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children are conducting a study investigating the feasibility of conducting research measuring the impact of providing a new power wheelchair, on wheelchair driving performance and participation in everyday activities for children and youth with significant mobility limitations. The study is recruiting children (5-17 years) and families in Vancouver/ Lower Mainland, BC, and will involve:

  • Questionnaires & driving assessments
  • Repeated sessions with less than 2 hour/session
  • An honorarium will be provided for your time

Find out more.



Participate in a study examining measures of scooter use. Researchers from the University of British Columbia are looking for volunteers who:

  • are 19 years of age or older;
  • have owned a scooter for at least 3 months;
  • have mobility limitations that prevent you from going more than one block without and assistive device;
  • can read, write and speak in English.

Find out more.




Muscular Dystrophy Canada is playing a key role in an exciting new patient research initiative called The Christopher Project. We’re working in collaboration with the Marigold Foundation and clinical centers of excellence across North America to survey patients and families about their experiences in living with neuromuscular disease, specifically myotonic dystrophy types DM1 and DM2. The information gathered will be used to increase our shared understanding and address the challenges of living well with this complex disease.

Survey packages were mailed out to patients on our client list in early June – if you received a package, please take some time to fill it out and return it to us. It’s an important opportunity you to share your ‘expert’ knowledge and help us all become better partners in care.

If you or someone you love is affected by myotonic dystrophy, and you would like to participate in this important initiative, please submit your mailing address.

For more information or to fill out the survey online, please visit the Christopher Project website.

Questions? Please contact Marla Spiegel at 1-866-687-2538 ext 1103.



Research to understand the experiences of people using long-term mechanical ventilation

Researchers at the University of Toronto are conducting a study entitled ‘Transition Experiences for Ventilator Assisted Individuals and Family Caregivers Requiring Long-Term Mechanical Ventilation’. The goal of this study is to reveal the experiences of ventilator assisted individuals and their families as they manage transitions across the healthcare system. The information collected will be used to guide future planned assessment of the utility and comprehensiveness of existing information and educational resources for ventilated assisted individuals.

The researchers are looking to interview ventilator-assisted individuals or their primary caregivers from across Canada who have experienced transition within the last two years.

The telephone interview will take place at a time convenient to you, and will last approximately 30 to 60 minutes. During the interview, you will be asked to share your experience managing transitions across the healthcare system, including any:

  • Barriers and facilitators you may have encountered
  • Health care utilization
  • Accessibility of health care information
  • How you felt physically and emotionally

Participation in the study is voluntary. You will receive $30 honorarium as a thank you for your time.

If you are interested in participating in this study, please contact the study team at 416-864-6060 ext. 77332 or Toll Free 1-877-482-4596 or by email.

If you would like more information, please visit our website or contact Cheryl Pedersen, Project Coordinator at the CRICH Survey Research Unit, St. Michael’s Hospital 416- 864-6060 ext. 77374.